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The 11 Most Densely Populated Countries in the World

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Where in the world are the countries with the highest population density? Going offshore in a densely populated country means access to large consumer markets and competitive real estate markets with high ROI potential. 

If your home country keeps putting up roadblocks preventing you from realizing your true potential isn’t it time you look elsewhere? There are businessfriendlier jurisdictions for you to operate from. A world of lower taxation and higher yield investments awaits.

Nomad Capitalist can satisfy all your offshore requirements. We helped entrepreneurs and investors like you to go offshore all around the world. Talk to us about how to create your very own holistic Action Plan.  

11 Countries With the Highest Population Density

Some countries have large populations and equally large landmasses, though they don’t necessarily have the highest population densities. 

That’s why many of the world’s largest countries, such as India and the US, don’t make this list. 

Yes, they are large countries, yes they have large populations but they do not make this list since they have large landmass with the majority of their population located in major urban areas, meaning that overall population density is diluted. 

So instead we will be looking at global population density in terms of people per square kilometer of the land area instead of a country’s total area.

11. Bermuda

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Bermuda has a population density of 1,186 people per square kilometer, just edging out Vatican City.

Bermuda is a self-governing British overseas territory in the western North Atlantic Ocean with a population of 64,069 across 54 square kilometers. It’s an archipelago of seven main islands located about 650 miles (1,050 km) east of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. As international finance is a key industry, consider opening an offshore bank account in Bermuda.

10. Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten has a population density of 1,301 people per square kilometer.

Sint Maarten is a Dutch dependency in the Lesser Antilles island group of the northeastern Caribbean Sea. 44,222 residents occupy the 34 square kilometers of the southern third of Saint Martin, aka the Dutch part, with the remainder the French part recognized as Saint-Martin. Fellow Lesser Antilles island nations include Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis.

9. Bangladesh

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Bangladesh has a population density of 1,329 people per square kilometer.

Bangladesh is the exception that proves the rule of the most populous countries not having the highest population density, with 172,954,319 inhabitants living in 147,600 square km. This country of South Asia is located in the northeastern part of the Indian subcontinent. Bangladesh shares borders with India and Myanmar.

8. Malta

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Malta has a population density of 1,672 people per square kilometer.

Malta is an archipelago strategically situated in the central Mediterranean Sea. 535,604 inhabitants occupy 316 square km. Malta is currently the only country in the European Union that offers a citizenship-by-investment program.

7. Maldives


The Maldives have a population density of 1,737 people per square kilometer.

The Maldives is an island group positioned in the north-central Indian Ocean. 300 square km is home to 521,021 inhabitants. It’s one of 16 countries worldwide where there is no income tax.

6. Bahrain

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Bahrain has a population density of 1,892 people per square kilometer.

Bahrain is a small Arab state situated in a bay on the southwestern coast of the Persian Gulf.

A total population of 1,485,509 inhabitants resides in 765 square km.  

5. Gibraltar

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Gibraltar has a population density of 4,807 people per square kilometer.

While the map shows Gibraltar as part of Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast, it’s a British Overseas Territory. Approximately 32,688 inhabitants squeeze into a mere seven square km of territory, while thousands more cross the border from Spain each day to work in the country’s tech, finance and services sectors. Gibraltar is also a crypto-friendly country and a popular jurisdiction for company formation. If you’ve dreamt of having a tax residence in Europe that gives you the ability to live nomadically, Gibraltar might help that become a reality.

4. Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has a population density of 7,135 people per square kilometer.

Hong Kong is a Chinese city state with 7,491,609 inhabitants living in its 1,100 square km. As one of the world’s main financial centers, it plays host to many of the biggest banks and companies in the world.   

3. Singapore

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Singapore has a population density of 8,377 people per square kilometer.

Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) north of the Equator. This city-state is home to 6,014,723 inhabitants and 710 square km and is one of our favorite jurisdictions at Nomad Capitalist. 

2. Monaco

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Monaco has a population density of 18,149 people per square km.

Monaco is the smallest country featured in our countdown, comprising a mere two square km. This sovereign principality on the Mediterranean Sea in the French Riviera has 36,297 inhabitants. 

Wealthy individuals flock to apply to become residents and citizens in Monaco thanks to its warm sunshine, glamorous lifestyle and 0% income tax. 

1. Macau

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Macau has a population density of 55,433 people per square km.

Macau or Macao, is, like Hong Kong, another special administrative region of China. With 704,149 inhabitants residing in 33 square km, this southern China location is the most densely populated country in the world. It’s also the world’s largest gambling destination.

Most Densely Populated Countries Conclusion

In descending order, here is our list of the most densely populated countries in the world:

  • Bermuda
  • Sint Maarten
  • Bangladesh
  • Malta
  • Maldives
  • Bahrain
  • Gibraltar
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Monaco
  • Macau.

Go Where You’re Treated Best

Data and statistics can show us many things, but they don’t always tell the full story. For that you need to travel and experience countries first hand.  

Many of the countries on this last aren’t the best destination if you’re looking for wide open spaces, but if you’re looking to enjoy legal tax reduction, new investment opportunities or reliable offshore banking solutions, you should check them out. 

Better yet, you can save yourself all the legwork and get trusted advice from experts with practical experience of multiple jurisdictions worldwide. We can create a special Action Plan that combines everything – immigration, taxes, banking and investments – to ensure you get the most value. 

Become a client, and we’ll show you how to go where you’re treated best.

Most Densely Populated Countries FAQ

Is the USA a Densely Populated Country?

No, mainly because of its massive size. The US is the 178th most densely populated country in the world. It has a population density of 37 people per square km.

Which Country Has the Highest Population Density?

Macau is the most densely populated country in the world. It has a population density of 55,433 people per square km.

What Country is the Least Densely Populated?

Greenland. Regarding land area, 2.2 million square km, it’s nowhere near the smallest country in the world. However, it has a population density of just 0.14.

Generally speaking moving to a densely populated country can offer more opportunities. And many of the countries mentioned above offer a lot of competitive advantages, including thriving real estate markets and tax incentives. With so many options out there you could spend a lifetime trying to find the right place for you, or you could save yourself all that hassle by speaking to the experts. Become a client and we’ll show you how. 


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